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Many Crimeans seek Ukrainian passports

Many Crimeans seek Ukrainian passports
Translated by: Anna Mostovych

Residents of Crimea increasingly want to be issued Ukrainian passports. Most often they make their request in a migration service  office in Novotroitsk in the Kherson Oblast, reports TV Channel 5.

There are constant lines in the Novotroitsk migration service since almost a hundred Crimeans come here daily from the occupied peninsula in order to obtain Ukrainian documents.

The Novotroitsk division of the migration service is closest to Crimea. Since the Russian occupation, the flow of people here has increased several times, but the number of personnel has not changed. Four specialists prepare documents for foreign and domestic passports.

There are so many Crimeans wishing to obtain Ukrainian documents that lines begin to form at night.

Every Crimean has an individual story of what forced him or her to come to the mainland. Eskander Khatip, for example, cannot take his newborn son out of Crimea. According to the certificate issued in Crimea, the child is Russian. Olha, a resident of Simferopol, has a Ukrainian passport invalidated by a Russian seal.

The workload of the Novotroitsk passport officials will not be reduced any time soon. Border guards are warning that nobody will be permitted to enter Ukraine with documents issued in occupied Crimea.

Olena, a resident of Yevpatoria used to come to Novotroitsk with a friend during the summer. Then she saw that many people who were trying to obtain documents needed advice. Since then she has been coming from the peninsula at least one a week in order to help her compatriots. This is because Crimeans really need support from Ukraine now, she says.

In general, since April this year the Novotroitsk migration service has served twice as many Ukrainians as during the same period last year.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
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